Companies are faced by a great challenge: acting as efficiently as possible. Material flows and intralogistics processes must be optimally coordinated with each other at all times. If there is a problem at one point, this impacts the entire value chain – and thus also competitiveness. Intelligent sensors and networked systems ensure efficient logistics processes as part of Industry 4.0.
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Humans and robots are working more closely together. Sensors help robots make more intelligent decisions and give them the ability to sense objects, the environment, or their own position. Thanks to sensors from SICK, robots perceive more precisely - the prerequisite for close collaboration. For all challenges in the field of robotics: Robot Vision, Safe Robotics, End-of-Arm Tooling, and Position Feedback.
Retail is undergoing a rapid transformation. Bricks-and-mortar merchants are successfully operating additional sales channels, and online merchants are investing in expanding their store sales. A big challenge that all have to overcome is efficient omni-channel logistics. Warehouses which have primarily supplied retail stores with pallet shipments up to now have since turned into fulfillment centers, thereby taking over all order processing. These centers can send e-commerce orders directly to customers, process online sales, deliver goods for store pick-up and also assume the complete material planning for stores. This makes the ordering process much more complex. This not only includes extensive order picking, but also efficient and accurate forwarding, tracking and processing of goods throughout the entire material flow. That is why flexible and scalable logistics processes are now essential. However, increased flexibility can only be achieved through greater networking and the associated exchange of information. And this networking can be implemented with the help of smart, rugged sensors that record reality in the form of data. Sensor technology and sensor intelligence are drivers of process changes because they allow opportunities for improvement to be recognized more quickly and solutions to be implemented immediately.
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